best moisturiser for oily skin

Best Moisturisers for Oily Skin for Singapore’s Hot, Sticky Weather

Categories : Skincare, Skincare Tips

Most moisturisers are just too thick, heavy or uncomfortable for people with oily skin. “My face feels so sticky right after I apply it!” “It makes me break out!” “My makeup looks even more cakey!” The hot climate doesn’t help. We understand your pain – and we have the solution. We found the best moisturiser for oil skin for Singapore weather.

Do people with oily skin still need moisturiser?

Yes! Even if your skin has enough oil, it doesn’t mean that it has enough water. All skin types need proper hydration to stay healthy, smooth, soft and young-looking. Without hydration, you are more prone to fine lines and wrinkles. Your skin also becomes more sensitive and prone to damage, whether it’s from environmental exposure (sun and pollution) or harsh skincare products.  

Dehydrated skin will also produce more oil. It’s a vicious cycle: your skin is oily, so you use too many products that dry out your skin. Your skin becomes more oily, so you use even harsher skincare.Eventually skin becomes so sensitive and stressed out, that it looks red and blotchy. Does that sound familiar?

Furthermore, even “healthy” oily skin will still need daily moisturiser. “Plenty of things—cold weather, hot water, harsh products, and aging—can disrupt the integrity of skin, causing it to spring tiny leaks. Before you know it, the skin no longer can act as a barrier to water loss and it becomes dry,” says Angela Palmer.

What should I look for in a moisturiser for oily skin?

  • Non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic. This means the product does not contain any ingredients that are known to clog pores or trigger acne. However, if you’re being extra careful with your skin (because you’re severely acne-prone, or your skin is sensitive because of treatments) also avoid parabens, sulfates, and fragrances.
  • Oil-free. While there are a lot of good plant extracts and oils that are good for oily or combination skin, you want to stay away from mineral oils and other thick emollients.
  • Humectants. Some ingredients, like glycerine and hyaluronic acid, hydrate the skin by trapping moisture. These are usually light and non-greasy, and feel weightless on your skin

Best Moisturisers for Oily Skin for Every Budget

Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture

Buy now: $19.50, Watsons

Sometimes, basic is better. While this drugstore moisturiser for oily skin doesn’t have pretty packaging or trendy ingredients, it quietly and efficiently balances and nourishes your skin. Don’t expect dramatic, overnight results, but over time your skin will be stronger and healthier.

This is a good moisturiser to use in your 20s, when you don’t need aggressive anti-ageing (or if you do, you can add a serum to your routine instead). If you have a very specific skincare issue like acne, wrinkles or hyperpigmentation, you many want to look for other creams.  

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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

Buy now: $19.90, Redmart

Looking for the best moisturiser for oily skin in Singapore for under $20? Try this. It often appears in editor’s picks as their favourite drugstore moisturiser, and for good reason: the gel formula is light and doesn’t feel sticky, its cooling effect refreshes (especially in hot climate), and it doesn’t cause irritation or breakouts. Your skin feels noticeably softer and looks smoother. You can also reapply this in the middle of the day, whenever your skin starts to look dull or tired. Store in the refrigerator for extra cooling effect!

Etude House AC Clean Up Gel Lotion

Buy now: $22.90, Etude House outlets

This contains tea tree oil to control oil and kill bacteria that can cause pimples, and papaya fruit extract and onion bulb extract to help acne marks and brighten your skin. It’s also free of mineral oils and fragrances that can trigger breakouts.  

 Wild Products Vitamin C Ester Facial Crème

Buy now: $24, Redmart

Looking for an affordable, readily-available vegan moisturiser for oily skin in Singapore? Try this bestselling cream. It has Vitamin C to brighten skin, fight ageing, and fade pigmentation. Some people swear that it works better than more expensive organic Vitamin C moisturisers. It also has aloe to soothe the skin, and rosehip oil to control oil production.  

CosRX Oil-free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion with Birch Sap

Buy now: $26, iHerb

Moisturising lotions tend to have a lighter consistency than creams. It absorbs quickly and can be work under your makeup. It’s one of the best moisturiser for oily skin that’s become sensitive after exfoliation or acne treatments. Its key ingredient, birch sap, reduces irritation and redness. It got 4.4 stars on SokoGlam, with one reviewer saying, “My oily skin hates all moisturisers except this one!”

Essano Regenerating Rosehip Moisturizer

Buy now: $29.95, Redmart

This is one of the best moisturiser for oily, acne-prone skin. Aside from healing jojoba oil, it has rosehip oil. Rosehip oil is considered an anti-acne powerhouse: it  has vitamin A and linoleic acid to control sebum production, prevent blackheads and whiteheads, and fade post-acne inflammation and discoloration. We recommend using this moisturiser at night, since it is a bit heavier.  

Innisfree Green Tea Seed Cream

Buy now: $32, Innisfree outlets

 Looking for a light, anti-ageing moisturiser for oily skin? This fits the bill. The green tea is packed with antioxidants that can fight free radical damage and give you a healthy, youthful glow. Its watery texture is absorbed in seconds, and won’t feel heavy even on the oiliest skin. Influenster gave it 4.5 stars!

Hada Labo Perfecting UV Gel Moisturiser

Buy now: $35.90, Redmart

This is one of the most popular Japanese moisturisers for oily skin. Its gel formula is comfortable and never feels greasy, and yet still makes your skin soft, supple and bouncy. It also provides really good UV protection, with SPF 50 and PA++++.  

Aesop Sage and Zinc Facial Hydrating Cream

Buy now: $80, Aesop stores

This moisturiser hydrates your skin while fighting breakouts with zinc and sage leaf extract. If you prefer a natural (and gentle) anti-acne skincare regimen, then include this. It will help soothe and strengthen your skin, especially if you’re using chemical exfoliaters like AHAs and BHAs. It also has SPF 15, to increase your defense against sun damage.

La Roche Posay Effeclar Mat

Buy now: $38.90, Redmart

This hits all the criteria for the best moisturiser for oily skin: oil-free, non-comedogenic, and even controls oil and mattifies the skin. It absorbs quickly, and is so good you can even skip makeup primer. That’s great news, because applying too many skincare and makeup products can increase your chance of clogging pores and your foundation getting cakey.


First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturiser

Buy now: $40, Sephora

This is the best moisturiser for oily skin that has become very sensitive after using harsh skincare products or acne treatments. After a few days, you’ll notice that your skin is less red and doesn’t sting. After a few weeks, your skin will be noticeably smoother and more even.  

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Origins Gin-Zing Energy-Boosting Moisturiser

Buy now: $50, Sephora

We are in love! One of the best moisturizer for oily skin – especially if you never get enough sleep! It restores radiance with natural extracts like ginseng, orange peel oil, and jojoba butter. And in case the mention of “butter” makes you worry about greasiness, we promise you that it absorbs in seconds. After a few weeks of use, your skin will become more healthy and balanced, so you produce less oil.

Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream

Buy now: $52, Sephora

This bestselling Korean moisturiser is perfect for all skin types, but it’s especially refreshing for people with oily skin. It attracts and locks in moisture, and fills up your skin’s “water bank” as you sleep. When you wake up, your skin is softer, smoother and more supple. Makeup goes on better, too. Definitely worth trying!

Boscia Revitalising Black Hydration Gel

Buy now: $59, Sephora

 One of the best moisturiser for oily skin – even very oily skin! The charcoal sucks away oils and impurities, while Vitamin C combats ageing and dark spots. Invest in it if you hate heavy creams and use a lot of makeup products that can potentially clog pores. (Of course, you should still find a good cleanser and toner for oily skin!)

Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream

Buy now: $70, Sephora

This is a fantastic night moisturiser for oily skin. Aside from bathing your skin in hydrating and healing natural plant extracts, it has a delicate natural rose scent. “I love using this moisturiser especially after a very tiring, stressful day. Patting it into my skin, or massaging it in with my jade roller, has become one of my favorite relaxing bedtime rituals. I also like using this after a face mask, because it seems to trap in the serum too,” says one beauty review.

Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox Gel

Buy now: $90, Sephora

This may be expensive, but its one of the best anti-ageing moisturiser for oily skin. It’s packed with antioxidants, and skin-nourishing Vitamin A, C and E. The hyaluronic acid hydrates your skin but never feels heavy. And did we mention that it smells amazing? It’s a true skin treat that will make your skincare routine feel like a total pampering session.

Philosophy Hope in a Jar (Gel Formula for Oily Skin)

Buy now: $62, Sephora

This is a cult favorite, and for good reason! Philosophy’s moisturiser rejuvenates tired, ageing skin. Amino acids gently slough of dead skin cells to reveal bright, smooth skin. Antioxidants heal damaged cells, and repair your moisture barrier. It’s also free of harsh chemicals that can irritate your skin. So even if your oily skin is dull, damaged and stressed out, you can truly find hope in a jar!